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Fruita middle schoolers top in short-story contest

By Staff

Two Fruita Middle School students placed first and second in Rocky Mountain PBS’s annual short-story contest. The contest featured students from around Colorado. In the sixth-grade category, Torin Johnson received a first- place award ...

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Homeless deaths remembered

By Paul Shockley

They came with candles and white ribbons. Some had stories. Roughly 30 people turned out for a ceremony at Hawthorne Park on a brisk, sunny Sunday to remember homeless people who have died over the past year, and to ponder how to help the ...

Taxpayers jittery about rate changes

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The U.S. Senate is to vote today on a measure that would preserve current income-tax rates, a measure that has split Colorado’s senators even while bringing together President Barack Obama and Republicans. It’s also one that has ...

Judge to rule in lawsuit over Prop. 102 finances

By Staff

A Denver judge is expected to rule by year’s end whether the group behind Proposition 102 on this year’s ballot violated the state’s campaign finance laws. The lawsuit, filed by the left-leaning Colorado Ethics Watch, ...

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Partners program to be introduced in foreign land

By Amy Hamilton

When something works, word gets out. That’s what Joe Higgins, the longtime director of Mesa County Partners, discovered after he was asked to replicate the group’s mentoring model halfway around the world. In mid-January, Higgins ...

Students headed to marketing competition

By Staff

Five local high school students are headed to a state marketing competition after placing first and second earlier this month at a regional marketing conference. The students that qualified at the DECA (formerly known as Distributive ...

Steamboat project gives scientists unique, grounded look at clouds

By Dennis Webb

Federally sponsored atmospheric scientists are excited about a Steamboat Springs project that’s letting them stick their heads in the clouds even as they keep their feet planted on the ground. The Department of Energy’s ...

Report details Norton-Shell shale ties, says no evidence of illegalities

By Dennis Webb

First there was a March 2, 2005, visit by Shell’s chief executive officer and one of its vice presidents with then-Interior Secretary Gale Norton at her Washington headquarters, with oil shale as an apparent topic. Then came her March ...

Fruita motor vehicle office survives cutbacks

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Despite slashing $500,000 from its budget, the Mesa County Clerk and Recorder’s Office will keep the Fruita motor-vehicle branch open two days a week next year and extend business hours at all three branches in the county. Beginning ...

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County cuts police presence at 13 schools in District 51

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By 11:30 a.m. on a recent Wednesday, Jeremy Balleweg served as a police officer, counselor, mediator, friend and jokester. At the beginning of the day, Balleweg, a Mesa County deputy sheriff who is the school resource officer at Central High ...

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